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Flowers of Evil 12 – Understanding

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I hope many of you stood alongside me shouting as if we were watching a janky horror movie at a deserted theater at like 3 a.m. NO DON’T GO IN THERE KASUGA WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! The power of silence and the looming threat of a sure-to-be angry Nakamura coming home at any moment. I’d speculate about what’s actually in her room, but I doubt there’s going to be a row of corpses hanging from the ceiling, or anything like that, so what’s the point? (Note: Please let there be a row of corpses hanging from the ceiling.)

It’s almost amusing how much this episode brings the pace to a crawl; it’s almost too slow even for me, but my mind was heavy and abuzz with many things before I watched this episode, and it was calm afterward, so I am not going to complain. Is this my iyashikei? My mind is so soothed! Frayed nerves and the awkwardness of youth create the balm that heals my tired brain. Who knew?

I wonder if Kasuga seriously thought he could get through to Nakamura with his essay. It strikes me as a sincere, serious effort, but he words it like a little kid apologizing to his teacher for swearing on the playground or something like that, like his mom hovered over his shoulder the whole time he wrote that essay. It is a truly adorable act of contrition. Even if Nakamura bothered to listen to Kasuga, she’d probably die laughing at how corny it is. If Kasuga wants Nakamura to listen to him, then I guess rummaging through her room without her permission is the best way to do it — at least she’ll be focused on him for a few seconds before she tears him to pieces. Yeah, this is still a bad idea. Don’t make this a habit, Kasuga, lest you morph fully into a creepy stalker dude!

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Occasionally I like to look at the Flowers of Evil manga just to see how the source looks compared to this series. Then I saw Nakamura’s dad and was like, “Whaaaaaaat?!” The actor doesn’t look 100 percent like his manga counterpart, and of course I can’t be sure how much the rotoscoping contributes to this without seeing his actual image, but still, that is some uncanny casting. Real life dude is cooler, though, because of those dope sideburns. Forget Flowers of Evil — this guy should be the father figure in a ’70s robot anime with ‘burns like those.

But, yes, with the visit to Nakamura’s home we get a larger peek into her life. Her dad is easygoing, but really, he could just as easily be near dead inside. He doesn’t really pay much attention to Nakamura’s movements, mostly trusting that she’ll make her way home eventually. He at least seems happy that Nakamura seemingly has a friend. He doesn’t totally understand Nakamura, and doesn’t really know how to go about doing that, either. That can’t feel too great. We don’t know too much about the circumstances behind his divorce, or how Nakamura related to her mother or anything like that, and I doubt we’ll get much of that, either. Just little hints and things like that. It would seem weird to me if there were some easy, pat explanation for Nakamura’s behavior, anyway. Certainly, though, having what seems like zero direction from her family is an ingredient, even if both her father and grandmother do appear to care for Nakamura quite a bit.

Ah, the whole thing makes me sad.

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14 Comments

  1. Gedata
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    If Kasuga wanted to keep Nakamura from running, he should’ve approached her wearing nothing but a pair of pantsu on his head that he stole from a classmate. That would get them on the same page.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, doing something weird and crazy probably would have intrigued her enough to stick around a little bit.

  2. Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised by how cool and laid back all of the adults are in the series. Kasuga’s mom gets emotional but nothing that is an overreaction. Kasuga’s dad is always calm and understanding. Nakamura’s dad made me laugh when he comments on how serious Kasuga is taking all of this when his mental problems are fairly mundane problem. Its nice to see adults being present and not horrible human beings in an anime.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s clear there’s a disconnect, but not really anything out the ordinary between adults and teenagers. I do feel a bit sorry for the adults in this series lol

  3. Gedata
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Can’t blame you for not having awesome tags, not much went down really. It’s remarkable how slow paced this series is, yet each episode feels as if they are 10 minutes

    • Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I’ve got to agree with Gedata here. When the ending came, I thought we were at the halfway point and said to myself “it’s over already?”

      At the same time though, not much happened so I decided to hold off my thoughts off until the finale.

      • Nazaren
        Posted June 26, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

        Same here. I had to check the time when the ED started playing, to see if I was being trolled. This episode was slower than most, yet probably went by the fastest for me.

        What’s behind the door? I hope it’s a shrine to Baudelaire or some shit, even if it’d be lame as hell… but I’m thinking either your average girl’s room, or barren and minimalist.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I can’t remember a show in recent memory that feels like this in terms of the pacing. It might be the kind of thing you can get with only a live action base, but I’m not 100 percent sure on that.

  4. Mormegil
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    This is the biggest cliffhanger of the season. I wonder what her room looks like. I’ll laugh if it’s perfectly normal.

    • sandberm
      Posted June 26, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

      That was my first thought, too. Her room’s probably all pink and full of stuffed animals and anime posters. I think it would be worse for Nakamura to find Kasuga in her room if it was girly and totally different from the persona she portrays when she’s with him, then if it was full of weird crap.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

        It’s probably unnervingly normal.

  5. Posted June 26, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Man, that cliffhanger did absolutely nothing for me.

    Yeah, in a horror movie where a crazy mutant with an axe could be hiding behind the next door, that sort of slow build can work. But this is a story about a bunch of high school kids being dumb high school kids. What’s honestly the worst that could be in Nakamura’s room?

    The directing tried to evoke the “No, don’t do it!” feeling that you get from shows that actually have tension; but all it managed to accomplish was make me shout “Oh come on, just open the stupid door already!”

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, I think the tension is more in Nakamura catching Kasuga in her room than what’s actually in the room itself. It does make sense for Kasuga to be hesitant in entering the room, but it is admittedly an awkward place to conclude the episode.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    This, along with Gargantia, proudly sit with the “biggest let-down of the season” trophy in their back fucking pockets.

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